by Mary Jane Ansell

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Oil on wooden panel
270 x 360 x 6 mm

Mary Jane Ansell studied illustration at Brighton University and has also undertaken short courses in printmaking and life drawing. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions in London and group shows in the UK and Europe including those of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (2005 and 2007) and in the BP Portrait Award in 2004 and 2009.

The portrait is of Dan, a young man who had recently completed a teacher training-course, and had been offered his first teaching post. Ansell wanted to capture Dan's enthusiasm, and also his concerns about the responsibility he was about to take on.

    © Mary Jane Ansell